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Address: Smilshu iela 20, Riga 1050, Latvia
Phone Number:
722 81 47

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Good Museum to Visit

We visited on a cold day. This free museum tells the history of warfare from the 12th century. Although mainly in Latvian there was a book with English translation and with 7... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
ChrisGibbs
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Lidingo, Sweden
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of the museum is in Latvian only with only folders with information in English. Generally it's old-school and rather chaotic, although chronologic. Very informative, perhaps even too much. I only liked the last part about the involvement of Latvian army in recent UN and NATO operations, which was actually better than most such exhibitions around Europe, since there was... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No fee to get in and lockers to put your coats, with a key. Kind of "old school" museum. Static displays and you much to read.

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Staines, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Powder Tower/Latvian War museum is worth a visit. Situated in Smilshu iela 20. Museum is free to enter.

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Cumbria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We both found the museum very interesting. The amount of time we had to spend there was really not enough as there was so much to see, hear and learn about. The information was clear and understandable with adaptions for foreign people.

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County Cavan, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This free museum is spread over several levels and each is right extensive in its own right. You are required to surrender bags (not WAGs) and o/coats into free lockers before starting and photos are allowed. Located at the East end of St Jacob's Barracks, Torna iela (st), it nicely compliments the walk thru the Swedish Gate, Barracks and cobbled... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on a cold day. This free museum tells the history of warfare from the 12th century. Although mainly in Latvian there was a book with English translation and with 7 floors to view all centuries were covered up to Latvian involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Staff quite unfriendly and appeared to be watching you all the... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

2 hours was just not enough. It was an education. Latvia has had a turbulent last century, having been soviet on 2 separate occasions, ending in about 1991. The older population all look as though they have lived through hard times. Inspires me to read more of their history.

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Thank Andrew R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

From the outside, it doesn't look that large. But upon entering I was surprised at how much room they had. First, it is free. Second, there are lockers to put your coats, with a key. And third, the exhibits are plentiful and overall well-done. I agree with another reviewer that it is "old school". Static displays and you read a... More 

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Thank Stephen F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

This is a great little (well it's actually quite big!) museum near the old fortifications in the old town. We spent roughly two hours here. As others have said the lack of English translations hampers your full understanding but they do provide some printed guides in English at some points which go quite along way and you get the main... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Great place,not so big,and its totally free,3 floors to see all history of the nation. They have lockers and elevator

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